Re: [PATCH v3 linux-trace 1/8] tracing: attach eBPF programs to tracepoints and syscalls

From: Steven Rostedt
Date: Wed Feb 11 2015 - 07:51:51 EST

On Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:33:05 -0800
Alexei Starovoitov <ast@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> fair enough.
> Something like TRACE_MARKER(arg1, arg2) that prints
> it was hit without accessing the args would be enough.
> Without any args it is indeed a 'fast kprobe' only.
> Debug info would still be needed to access
> function arguments.
> On x64 function entry point and x64 abi make it easy
> to access args, but i386 or kprobe in the middle
> lose visibility when debug info is not available.
> TRACE_MARKER (with few key args that function
> is operating on) is enough to achieve roughly the same
> as kprobe without debug info.

Actually, what about a TRACE_EVENT_DEBUG(), that has a few args and
possibly a full trace event layout.

The difference would be that the trace events do not show up unless you
have "trace_debug" on the command line. This should prevent
applications from depending on them.

I could even do the nasty dmesg output like I do with trace_printk()s,
that would definitely keep a production kernel from adding it by

When trace_debug is not there, the trace points could still be accessed
but perhaps only via bpf, or act like a simple trace marker.

Note, if you need ids, I rather have them in another directory than
tracefs. Make a eventfs perhaps that holds these. I rather keep tracefs

This is something that needs to probably be discussed at bit.

-- Steve
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